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  • 6 Laid-Back Summer Dates Guys Love

    Ditch the stuffy dinner-and-a-movie routine and head outside for some fresh air and low-key romantic fun this summer. We asked a few young guys about their most memorable summer dates - did any of your favorites make the list?

    Summer Date #1: Hit Up a Concert
    "I was going on a first date with this girl I had met at a bar. We were trying to come up with something to do and finally decided to check out this outdoor concert. It ended up being really fun and romantic. Being outdoors was cool and the music made it so there weren't those awkward lulls in conversation. But at the same time, we could chat if we wanted to, unlike a movie where you can't talk at all." - Dean, 30

    Dating Advice: Are You a Great Date? Find Out - Plus More Dating Quizzes

    Summer Date #2: Break a Sweat
    "There's something really sexy about an athletic woman. When I first started seeing my wife, she called out of the blue one day and said she was getting a group together to play soccer. The fact that she planned it

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  • 9 Foods That Pack on Pounds

    We're all for indulging in a really rich meal at a restaurant every so often. After all, doing so infrequently won't derail your diet (we promise) and well, it's damn satisfying. But there are nine dishes that are so not worth it. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) just released the nine winners of the 2010 Xtreme Eating Awards, i.e. the unhealthiest dishes you could order. Read on to find out exactly what menu choices to avoid. Plus: Read about the 7 habits that are giving you belly pudge.


    1. The Bacon Cheeseburger from Five Guys. It has 920 calories and 30 grams of saturated fat. And if you get a side of large fries, add on another whopping 1,460 calories. If you overdid it recently, these tips will help you get back on track.

    2. The Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake from The Cheesecake Factory, which weighs in at 1,670 calories and 48 grams of saturated fat. Play our snackdown to find out which treats are the healthiest option.

    3. The Tostada Pizza from

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  • Get Amazing Skin at Any Age

    Want to cop a glowing complexion and ward off age-related issues - like fine lines and wrinkles? Don't wait until you have 40 candles on the cake. Act now!

    PLUS: Find out why celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Ellen Pompeo, and J Lo still look so amazing.


    Your Age: 18-25


    Your skin's characteristics: Because your oil glands are working at full speed, your skin is supple and naturally well moisturized. Your cells regenerate regularly, giving you an even texture and a pretty, rosy glow. But as you probably also know, there's a downside: Excess oil production sometimes causes breakouts and a shiny look.

    Your skin strategy should be:

    • Suds up with a mild cleanser to remove makeup, oil and dirt without stripping your skin. A good pick: Dior Rinse-Off Cleansing Foam, $28. If you have greasy skin, use a foaming oil-free face wash. Try Noxzema Continuous Clean Foaming Cleanser, $4.
    • Go for an oil-free moisturizer (with SPF during the day). Pick one that has
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  • The Secret to Making Your Skin Glow (No Spa Required!)

    Prepare to look gorgeous because we have a slew of spa-inspired moves that'll leave your skin smooth and glowing all over. Plus, find out the products celebs can't live without.

    Revitalizing Face and Eye Massage
    Most spa facials involve some kind of face massage to boost blood flow and help the products absorb better. Here's how to get results on your own: Take a warm shower to soften your pores, then cut a chilled seedless red or green grape in half. "Grapes contain hydrating glucose and powerful antioxidants that fight skin-damaging free radicals," says Regine Berthelot, head aesthetician at Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa, in NYC. Slide the flat side of the cut grape over your skin, starting between your brows and moving out toward your temples. Sweep up to your forehead, then down your nose and over your cheeks. Check out Cosmo's Sexy Beauty Secrets Blog.

    Glowing Face Scrub
    It takes two buffing techniques - physical and chemical - to look noticeably luminous, says celeb facialist

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  • 7 Things to Do With a Naked Man

    How do you turn him on? Oh, let us count the ways. Consider this your must-do list of sex tips to tease, squeeze, and totally please your guy!

    1. Make Him Long for Your Lips

    A fabulous kiss is an intricate balancing act involving tongue technique, pressure control, and moistness monitoring. Invade his space with a tantalizing kiss-me telegram.


    2. Take a Sensual Shower

    Steam up your bathroom mirror by standing thisclose together in the shower. Add the water pouring over you, and this is a perfect position for lots of wet, passionate kissing. You can also gaze into each other's eyes, further boosting the intimacy factor.


    3. Break Out the Blindfold

    Once you have him going crazy not knowing where your next lick, kiss, or stroke will land, treat your blindfolded boy to a slew of new sensations.


    4. Find a New Favorite Spot

    Steam things up at home by moving outside the bedroom and doing it on top of a sturdy table, kitchen counter, bathroom sink, or

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  • Surprising Signs He'll Never Marry You

    The tricky thing about womanizers is that they usually have their game down pat, which mean it's easy to get sucked in. They seem totally sweet and charming on the surface - who'd ever guess they were secretly scoundrels? So to help you sharpen your man- w---- radar, we narrowed down the more subtle clues a guy has a case of commitment phobia. If he exhibits three or more of these, watch out.

    1. All of His Exes Are "Crazy"
    Be wary ofa man who refers to his former girlfriends as crazy, psycho, or clingy - because what's the common denominator here? Him. The dude's either looney-bin glue, or he never really wanted the relationship to work in the first place.

    2. He Plans Ultra-Romantic Dates
    A cozy candlelit dinner is nice and all, but if he only takes you to secluded places, it could be a tip-off that he doesn't want other women to spot him on a date. Next time he asks you out, suggest hitting up a busy restaurant or popular bar and see how he reacts.

    3. He's Hot and Cold on

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  • What Men Notice About You Instantly

    According to a new study, a person's physical appearance allows others to form surprisingly accurate first impressions. So you may want to think twice about what kind of image you're projecting with these traits dudes check out immediately. Plus: Find out what makes them fall in love.

    1. Your Smile
    Does it seem sweet and genuine? Does it seem awkward and forced? Does it seem like you ate a sesame-seed and parsley salad for lunch based on what's lodged between every single one of your teeth?


    2. Your Hair
    Guys have no idea what split ends are, and if you mention roots, they just think of the band. But they do look to see if your hair looks 1. soft and 2. as though it would smell good. So don't request "The Gosselin" at the salon, and wash it every so often. That's all guys ask, but they secretly love these styles.


    3. Your Cleavage
    Newsflash: Dudes like to look at your chest. Now, that's not to say they think all women should unbutton their shirts to their bellybuttons

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  • Foods That Give You a Tan

    Could eating lots of fruits vegetables give you the same golden glow you'd get via an indoor tan session or time laying out in the sun? Scientists say it can. Consuming five servings of green or orange produce a day will tan your skin somewhat in just a month, thanks to nutrients called carotenoids, researchers report. Want more ways to look amazing this summer? Read this.

    Sure it sounds out there, and we doubt that piling lots of apricots, carrots, cantaloupes, and other pigmented produce on your plate will leave you looking as bronzed as you would after single spray-tan session. But if it compels you to forgo cancer-causing indoor or outdoor tanning, then we say give it a try.

    Plus: Find out which foods will help you lose weight and the "healthy" foods that pack on pounds.

    Also interesting was that when subjects looked at photos of women who had dark skin from a tan and glowy skin from eating produce, they preferred the latter. Yet another reason to stop baking under

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  • 5 Summer TV Shows You'll Actually Like

    Why does summer TV programming get such a sucky reputation? We've already set up our DVRs to record a slew of sure-to-be-awesome season and series debuts.


    1) Jersey Shore

    Are Sammi and Ronnie still "smooshing"? Will JWoww's first fistfight be with random partiers, The Situation...or both? And has anyone cleaned out the gang's hot tub since last season? So. Many. Freakin'. Questions. Check out what Hollywood would look like if Snooki, The Situation, and the rest of the cast became stylists, hairdressers, and fashion designers.

    Tune in because: You don't want to be fooled by Snooki's recent "I have a boyfriend" shtick. We predict her pouf - like Gretchen Weiners' hair - is full of secrets.

    Season 2 premieres Thursday, July 29, 10 p.m., MTV


    2) Losing It with Jillian

    The Biggest Loser's loudest personal trainer has yet another side gig! Jillian Michaels gets all up in the faces of a different struggling family every week, completely making over their

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  • 4 Fab Hairstyles from Sex and the City 2

    We all love the killer fashion from SATC…but the stars' fabulous hair deserves a spotlight too. We got Frank Barbosa, Head Hair Stylist of the new flick, to give us the lowdown on how his team of stylists created the looks we're loving this time around. Are you psyched about the sequel? Here's everything you've been dying to know about the new movie- including where to get knockoff of those amazing shoes.

    Carrie

    Who says up-dos are only for fancy occasions? Carrie sports this voluminous bun with casual (yet still totally glam!) clothes. Find out what guys think about your hair.

    FRANK SAYS: For this cool look, first pull your hair into a high ponytail and then fluff up the fullness by teasing and back combing your hair. Finally, coil the tail around the base of your pony to create the bun.

    Charlotte

    Pretty and poised, Charlotte's luxurious, touchable curls look gorgeous. We love how they complement the rosette ruffle on her blouse. It's the kind of hair that'll

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